Cooperative Education (Co-op)

All completed paperwork must be submitted at least two weeks prior to start date!

Spring Co-ops must start between Jan. 2-17, 2023 and end Apr. 21-May 5, 2023
(Note: those starting on Jan. 2, 2023 need to submit all paperwork by Dec. 12, 2022)

Full summer co-ops must start between May 1 - May 22, 2023 and end Aug. 4-25, 2023.
Track A summer co-ops must start between May 1-15 2023, and end June 23 - July 7, 2023.
Track B summer co-ops must start between June 19 - July 3, 2023 and end Aug. 11-25, 2023

Fall co-ops must start between August 21 - Sept. 5, 2023 and end Dec. 8-22, 2023

Co-ops can be easy to fit into your time here at Michigan Tech, but please speak with your advisors. They will help you fit them into your course/degree schedule.

While on co-op, your work assignments are intended to be related to your major, but are varied to provide a range of experience and training. Employers must provide co-op students with challenging paid work. 

You’ll also be enrolled in a Canvas course requiring online discussions, written assignments, evaluations, and a final report. These courses are offered fall, spring, and summer semesters for undergraduate and graduate students.

Once you receive an offer letter for a co-op, apply for co-op credits through Career Services. Application materials and the steps to register can be found here.

If your co-op is extending an additional semester, please contact co-op@mtu.edu for further information. New materials to submit are advisor approval and an updated offer letter

Co-op Requirements

Undergraduate Students

  • Minimum GPA 2.0
  • Must be in good academic and conduct standing
  • Must receive permission from their academic advisor
  • Must have completed at least one semester at Michigan Tech

Graduate Students

  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Must be in good academic and conduct standing
  • Must have completed at least one semester at Michigan Tech
  • Must receive permission from their academic advisor

International Students - additional United States governmental
requirements apply

  • Must have completed two full time semesters in residence at Michigan Tech
  • Have not completed degree requirements prior to co-op semesters
  • Must obtain a Social Security number from the Secretary of State Office
  • Must have work authorization (CPT)

Start and End Dates

Start Dates

One week prior to the start of the semester through Monday, Week 2 of classes (Fall, Spring, Full Summer semesters)

End Dates

No earlier than the last day of regular classes for the semester in which you are working. Graduating international students, please contact Career Services for more details on end dates (per governmental regulation you may not work past the last day of the semester).

Semester Start Dates End Dates
Fall 2022

Monday, August 22 - 
Tuesday, September 6

Friday, December 9 -
Friday, December 23

Spring 2023

Monday, January 2 -
Tuesday, January 17

Friday, April 21 - 
Friday, May 5

Summer 2023

Monday, May 1 -

Monday, May 22

Friday, August 4 -

Friday, August 25

Summer 2023

Track A

Monday, May 1 -

Monday, May 15

Friday, June 23 -

Friday, July 7

Summer 2023

Track B

Monday, June 19 -

Monday, July 3

Friday, August 11 -

Friday, August 25

Fall 2023

Monday, August 21 -

Monday, September 4

Friday, December 8 -

Friday, December 22

The job search and application process for co-ops and internships is similar to other jobs. Companies use the job title to indicate whether they are searching for full-time, co-op, or internship positions. Handshake will also make this clear in the job posting. Submit all of the documents—including current résumé—for the job posting.